Shipshape: An Indoor Game

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Updated on May 13, 2014

This is a great activity for when the kids get a little stir crazy. Not only does it get the heart pumping, but it also facilitates some swashbuckling imaginative play!

What You Need:

  • A group of kids (3 or more)

What You Do:

  1. The room is a ship. One player is the captain. The other players are the pirates.
  2. The game begins when the captain says, "All Pirates on deck." That means all players need to stand up for duty.
  3. The captain will give the following orders:
    • Hit the deck: Lay down on the floor
    • Stern: Run to the back
    • Row your boat: The Captain points to 3 players and they sing, "Row, Row, Row Your Boat"
    • Clear the deck: Pirates can't touch the floor with their feet
    • Starboard: Run to the right side
    • Port: Run to the left side
    • Bow: Run to the front
    • Attention: Salute and say, "Aye, aye, Captain"
  4. If the captain sees a pirate not following orders, the captain orders the pirate to Walk the plank, and he's out.
  5. The last pirate becomes the new captain.
Reprinted with permission from "The Ultimate Indoor Games Book" by Veronika Alice Gunter (Lark Books, 2005).

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